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suspect and victim. And provide legal evidence as proof of a crime. (Lasley, J., Guskos, N., & Seymour, R., 2014). Other steps that need to be taken in consideration are field notes these are the basis for incident reports. An investigative report often is written several hours after the investigation of a specific event or incident. Certain types of information such as statements, times, observations, addressesand so on can be easily forgotten or confused with other information if not recorded while still fresh in the mind. The detective should present physical evidence: the victim’s blood in the roommates clothing, and direct evidence including the fingerprints and DNA evidence do to link the roommate to the knife and that the knife does match the victim’s fatal wounds (actus reus). Any testimonial evidence of witnesses must be presented including the roommate’s incriminatingnonverbal behavior during consensual contact (indicating possible mens rea). By building the case this way, the detective can help the prosecutor to obtain from the accused a guilty plea or plea bargain. Failure to build a strong case and /or presenting the evidence obtained through inadmissible methods may mean that the prosecutor cannot prove guilt and the accused can walk free.
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